Eric has been a Richmond resident since 1975 and attended Richmond’s public schools from elementary through secondary. Eric has been active in many community organizations including the International Development Assistance Society of Canada (IDAS), For Children We Care Fundraising committee for the Children’s Hospital, and is a past voting member and Chair of the Insurance Council of BC. From 2008-2011, Eric was the President of the Richmond District Parents’ Association and in 2011 and 2014 he was elected as a Trustee. Since then, Eric has chaired the Education Committee, the Policy Committee and the Personnel & Finance Committee, and been the District representative to the City’s Sister City Advisory Committee, and BC School Trustees Association. He has also served as Chair of the Richmond Board of Education in 2015 and 2018.
Eric holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from UBC, and a Ph.D in Molecular Genetics from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. After receiving his doctorate, he continued his research at Harvard University in Boston where he worked in cutting-edge gene therapy research. Eric is currently employed at the Genome Sciences Centre at the BC Cancer Research Centre trying to motivate patients’ immune systems to attack various forms of cancer, known as immunotherapy.
Along with his wife Grace, Eric is raising two children, Megan and Evan in Richmond. Eric feels that overseeing the changes in the curriculum and individualized learning and assessment is crucial for our youngest children. The new curriculum has exciting possibilities, but also must be carefully managed to ensure the best outcomes for our students, not just change for the sake of change. There will also be changes to the school district’s facilities over the next few years due to declining enrollment, seismic remediations and changing district needs which will also need careful consideration and consultation. Eric is passionate about ensuring that the next generation of children has the same excellent opportunities as he did, growing up in Richmond.
Eric considers our greatest challenge is meeting the needs of our children with diminishing resources. He will continue to advocate for stable and increased funding for our school district. He will carefully examine all expenditures, remembering that Our Focus is on the Learner.